Wednesday, 19 July 2017

A Right Royal Occasion on Monday Might

It must have been, there were so many Footmen around.  I clocked a total of 31 Dingy, 5 Rosy and 2 Buff.  They were needed, too, in order to cater for the large population of moths - not quite as many as Steve's impressive total, but 310 individuals of 76 species is a remarkable turn-out at Maenol.  The most notable for me was the first record of Clay Triple-lines:


FFYs included Iron Prominent, Dun-bar, True Lover's Knot, Antler Moth, Red Twin-spot Carpet, and Magpie Moth:

           True Lover's Knot                                  Iron Prominent

and amongst the micros, Carcina quercana, Agonopterix nervosa and Pyrausta purpuralis:

          Agonopterix nervosa                            Carcina quercana

I didn't have the energy to set a trap last night, but I left the porch light on and was rewarded by another flock of Footmen (these Royal occasions do drag on), together with 2 Engrailed, 2 Yellow-barred Brindle, and a very small greenish pug:


Is it a Green Pug, or possibly a Sloe Pug, or is its condition not good enough to be sure?

Finally, on the ground under the porch light I found this hind-wing:


It looks very distinctive, but I don't recognise it.  Perhaps someone might though?



5 comments:

  1. Great stuff, Chris, very well done. Can't help with your oddities though, sorry.

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  2. Congrats re your clay triple lines. Your worn pug looks - at first glance - like a green pug to me (based on the shape of the wing markings). Perhaps the reddish band across the abdomen suggested sloe pug to you?
    `Easy pops`, I thought re your mystery hind wing as it looks - as you say - distinctive. But having fairly carefully gone through photos of moths with wings spread out, I can`t find it! It seems familiar - perhaps someone may put us out of our misery?

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  3. Very nice Chris. The True Lover's Knot is a little beauty. Lovely markings.

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  4. Thank you all for the comments, and thanks Ian for taking the trouble to search for wing markings. It looks as though it should be very straight forward! I have no books showing wings spread out apart from Richard South's volumes, and that didn't help. However, I'm off to FSC Orielton this weekend (a Dave Grundy course) so I shall take the wing with me and hope that someone will identify it.

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  5. Have wing will travel. Enjoy the course this weekend.

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